An Early Preview of What Could Be the Best Outfield in Baseball
Jan06

An Early Preview of What Could Be the Best Outfield in Baseball

A few weeks ago I wrote that the Pittsburgh Pirates could soon have the best outfield in baseball. That could happen once Gregory Polanco arrives in the majors, which is expected to be in the second half of the 2014 season. Polanco profiles as an impact player, and I believe he could be just as good as Andrew McCutchen when he reaches his potential in the majors. Adding Polanco to McCutchen and Starling Marte will give the Pirates a...

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Winter Leagues: Ramirez Leads Team To 6-5 Victory
Jan06

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Leads Team To 6-5 Victory

From Colombia on Saturday, Harold Ramirez reached base three times and scored two runs in his team’s 6-5 win. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk. He is now hitting .317 in 35 games with a .423 slugging percentage. His team moved to 30-8 on the season. The regular season in Colombia ends on Wednesday. Ramirez’s team has a first round bye and they will start their playoffs on the 18th. Yhonathan Barrios has...

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Winter Leagues: Marte Drives In Four Runs In 4-3 Win
Jan04

Winter Leagues: Marte Drives In Four Runs In 4-3 Win

On Friday night in the Dominican, Starling Marte accounted for all four of his team’s runs in a 4-3 win. Marte had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that made the score 2-1 in favor of Tigres del Licey. In the sixth inning, Marte hit a three-run homer to give his team a lead that they wouldn’t surrender. Escogido is now 4-2 in the playoffs and they have won two straight without Gregory Polanco. From the first night of...

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Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Without Polanco
Jan03

Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Without Polanco

From the Dominican on Thursday night, Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a single in his team’s 4-1 win. During the Dominican League regular season, Marte went 3-for-7 with a walk and two hit-by-pitches in three games. In the playoffs, he is now 4-for-20 with two walks in five games. Marte was without his Pirates teammate Gregory Polanco, who is attending the MLB Rookie Career Development Program. Polanco’s GM Moises Alou...

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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014
Dec31

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013. 2013 Results Hitters Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR Jerry Sands: Triple-A Jose...

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